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Festival of Chariots (Ratha Yatra) in Novi

Celebrate the spirituality and culture of India at the 28th annual festival on July 20, 2013

Immerse yourself in Indian culture and witness thousands of people pull a four-story chariot down the roads of Novi during the Festival of Chariots on July 20, 2013.

This 28th annual event kicks off at the Novi Civic Center at 11 a.m. The opening ceremony features an appearance from the mayor – plus a musical dance performance.

There's lots of fun for your kids following the parade – including inflatables, carnival games, henna and face painting.

The festival is located at Fuerst Park, which boasts a variety of entertainment, dancing, live music, cooking demonstrations and shopping! You will also be able to see traditional costumes, Hindu rituals and educational displays. A complimentary meal will be served for lunch.

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Detroit presents the Kirtan Yoga Fest from 2 to 6 p.m. Four hours of live outdoor Kirtan will be held in Fuerst Park and is geared toward the whole family.

The Festival of Chariots, otherwise known as Ratha Yarta, originated 5,000 years ago in India. It celebrates Lord Krishna's return to Vrindaban; the festival is to honor Lord Jagannatha. The Festival of Chariots made its first appearance in Detroit in 1985 and is now one of the largest celebrations outside of India.

Admission is free. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

See the Metro Parent listing for more on the Festival of Chariots in Novi.

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